Quito (UIO); Guayaquil (GYE)
Ecuador is a must-visit destination for outdoorsy and active travelers. It is home to the most extraordinary wildlife-filled islands on the planet, misty cloud forests, an active volcano with icy glaciers, an incredibly diverse tropical rainforest, and two UNESCO world heritage sites impressively display colonial architecture.
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The Galápagos Islands: A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the prime attraction of Ecuador, with its unique wildlife that still exists today, inspired Charles Darwin’s evolution theory.
Ecuadorian Amazon: Amazon or “Oriente” is one of the most biodiverse places on our planet’s surface and offers unparalleled opportunities to experience it in its pristine state. It boasts of 1000s of animals, birds, fish species, over 70,000 species of insects, and 9 indigenous tribes, 2 of which prefer to live in isolation.
Hike at Cotopaxi – the highest active volcano in the world
Quito: Located at 9,200 feet above sea level, it is the second-highest capital city in the world and a UNESCO world heritage site. With churches and buildings built in 16th style colonial architecture, mountains, hills, and deep valleys, Quito is picture-postcard perfect!
The New Cathedral at the rustic city of Cuenca is a monument to European artistry. The style of architecture is predominately Romanesque Revival. The domes are covered in a blue and white glazed tile that was made in Czechoslovakia. Rose-colored stones imported from Italy and stained-glass windows were created by a Spanish artist with antique glass from France. The carved canopy at the golden altar is similar to one found in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.
Cloud forest: As beautiful and mystic as the Amazon rainforest, the stunning Cloud forest landscape displays a vast array of colorful birds, butterflies, frogs, sloths, jaguars, pumas, bears, and, a variety of flora, including orchids and bromeliads.
Banos: The adventure capital of Ecuador, where the thrill seekers indulge in paragliding, white water rafting and, bridge bungee jumping.
When to go:
Ecuador has less to do with the temperature and more to do with its two main seasons, wet and dry, that differ from place to place depending on the altitude.
Best time to visit: Jan – Feb; May; Oct – Nov. Good time to go is Mar-Apr; Jun-Sep; Dec
High Season: June through September and mid-December to early January
- Quito has spring-like weather year-round with temperatures in the mid-60s.
- Coastal cities like Guayaquil have a warmer, tropical climate, and the temperature varies from the low 70s to high 80s.
- Highlands experience dry season from June through September and afternoon showers from October through May.
- Amazon is hot and humid throughout the year, with more rains from April through July and October and November.
- Galapagos is a year-round destination. While the islands are warmer in the dry, sunny season from May through December, the waters get cooler. If you plan on snorkeling, bring a wet suit.